Earl Francis Lloyd is a former American professional basketball player who was born in Virginia in USA. Lloyd is reputed for being the first ever African-American to have played at the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the same season the Lloyd made his debut, three other Afro-American players also played for the NBA namely Hank DeZonie, Nathaneil Clifton and Chuck Cooper.
Lloyd was a 11’8” small forward at NBA. He grew up in Alexandria in Virginia and was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the ninth round of the 1950 seasonal NBA draft. He was a strong defender at the West Virginia State College where he played basketball for his college. His debut NBA game was against the Rochester Royals. While playing for West Virginia Lloyd led his team to two CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) Conference as well as the Tournament Championships.
While at the NBA, he was fondly called “The Big Cat” and was a very good player. Throughout his career’s nine seasons, he had played more than 560 games in all. Unfortunately, the team Washington Capitals wrapped up in January 1951. Later, Lloyd went in to play for the U. S. Army and after some time joined hands with the Syracuse Nationals as on a waiver. He was with the Nationals for six seasons before being traded to the Detroit Pistons.
Throughout his career, Lloyd amassed a total of 4682 points with an average of 8.4 points per game. He recorded his best average of 10.2 points per game for the 1954-55 season. Lloyd retired with overall standings of 6.4 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game.
Lloyd was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
He was included in the NAIA (National Association of intercollegiate Athletics) Silver as well as Golden Anniversary Teams.